Are Palace Set To Move For Manchester United Defender?

2 Posted by - August 4, 2017 - News

Crystal Palace are supposedly keen on bringing in Manchester United youngster Timonthy Fosu-Mensah on loan ahead of the new season.

This report explains the background to Palace's interest in the Dutchman, who is well known to Frank de Boer.

Whilst a deal for Arsenal defender Calum Chambers is supposedly at an extremely advanced stage, the Palace gaffer is keen to explore alternative avenues, with the incredibly versatile Fosu-Mensah known to be high up on his list of transfer targets.

Unlike Chambers, the United man will not be allowed to leave Old Trafford permanently, with Jose Moutinho known to be a big fan of his but with the Reds expected to be fighting for the Premier League title this term, the Portuguese is understandably open to the idea of getting Fosu-Mensah regular competitive football elsewhere.

The Eagles look, to all intents and proposes, as though they'll be adopting a 3-4-3 system this season with new recruit Jairo Riedewald set to operate on the left-hand side of the back three and despite appearances in midfield, you would expect de Boer to place Fosu-Mensah in the same defensive trio if a deal can be struck.

Although those of a red and blue persuasion remain desperate to see Liverpool centre-back Mamadou Sakho return to the club permanently after a wildly successful loan spell last season, Klopp's insistence on a £30 million fee for the Frenchman is almost certain to halt any chance of him returning to SE25 in the near future.

I am the first person to bemoan the loan system but with de Boer clearly working to adapt our play into a more possession-based style, I'm inclined to trust his judgment in relation to player recruitment for the time being. The aforementioned Riedewald looked superb in his first outing for the club against Metz last week and if Fosu-Mensah can bring the same sort of composure to the back-line immediately, I'm all for giving it a go.

We shall soon see if the story has real legs.

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  • Jose Fonte baby? Jose Fonte? Oh oh oh August 4, 2017 - 8:50 am Reply

    Basically the right sided version of Riedewald – CB, RB, CDM. I still think a specialist RWB should be the priority as it is the only position we don’t have anyone for.

    I think one loan player is enough for a top flight squad, especially since neither will become permanent.

  • Sharpy August 4, 2017 - 9:17 am Reply

    Why would this stop Chambers coming in ? if Yohan leaves which it seems he may this could be a cheap quality player (less on wages etc) to take his place and raise funds for more transfers ? Maybe Sakho ? Only a thought but I’m sure they have a plan.

  • Richard Glen August 4, 2017 - 1:18 pm Reply

    deluded as per usual!!Clearly our transfer budget for this season is set at next to nothing!!!!!!

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